One of Sarah's favorite childhood memories is baking bread in primary school. She loved the smell of the dough, how she and the other kids would braid it and then take a brush dipped in butter and baste the top before putting it in the oven. Growing up in the midwest, Sarah spent a lot of time in Michigan, biking through cornfields and fly fishing for salmon. Still, she wasn't that connected to where her food came from.
During college, she spent a semester at La Universidad de Chile studying La Nueva Canción movement. In a class on Latin American folk music, she interviewed Margot Loyola, Chile's first woman to win the National Prize for the Arts for her work as a folk performer and liaison between Chile's agricultural worker community and the metropolitan intellectual community of artists for more than three decades. They talked about her experience working alongside Chile's campesino communities, establishing conjuntos folklóricos up and down the country, over torta de mil hojas.
After a few years of working in international development, Sarah went back to school to study an MBA at the University of Michigan, with a focus on social entrepreneurship, and an MA in International Economics at Johns Hopkins University. Since graduating, she has worked for the World Bank, the Federal Reserve, the US Treasury, Agora Partnerships and MITA Ventures. At Agora, she managed a team of consulting fellows to deliver business advising to Latin American social entrepreneurs through an impact accelerator program. Over the past decade, her interest has shifted from the broad macroeconomic policy questions to the microeconomic business ones, in part because the impact is easier to observe.
Sarah is excited to combine her appreciation of food with her policy and business advising experience to contribute to building a food system that works for everyone.